Women’s Gynecology Services
Bone Density (DEXA) Scan Services in Richmond, VA
VPFW offers bone density scans for osteoporosis testing at our Koger Center office in North Chesterfield.
What is a Bone Density Scan?
Bone density scans, also called DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scans, are one of the safest, most accurate, and most common ways to measure bone mineral density. Since you can’t see or feel bone loss, the DEXA test can indicate if you have osteoporosis, which is a loss of bone mass, or if you may be at risk for developing it. It will also help your doctor determine your bone strength and vulnerability to fractures.
What’s the Best Age for Bone Density Scan Consideration?
We often recommend DEXA scans for women, age 50 or over, who are past menopause or have other risk factors for osteoporosis. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) additionally recommends that all women who are over the age of 65 should have the screening test done.
What To Expect During a DEXA Scan
A DEXA scan consists of measuring the density of your bone strength, vulnerability to fractures, and risk for osteoporosis. All you have to do is lie flat on your back and remain still during the X-ray scan.
You’ll just relax on a cushioned bed while a large scanner arm passes over your body, pointing a beam of low-dose X-rays at certain areas like the hip and lower spine.
How Long Does a Bone Density Scan Take?
A bone density scan is quick and painless. It only takes about 10-20 minutes.
Following the study, a physician will consult with you and discuss the results of your scan as well as provide recommendations and treatment options.
How Much Does a DEXA Scan Cost?
The bone density test cost for our DEXA scan in Richmond is $135. ..
Please call your health insurance carrier and verify your coverage for this test prior to the date of your appointment. Your bone densitometry may not be covered by your health plan. Medicare usually only covers this procedure once every 2 years unless you have a diagnosis of osteoporosis. If you don’t have coverage, you’ll be expected to pay for the test at the time of the appointment. Please be advised, when you see the provider to discuss results, there will also be a charge for an office visit.
If a prior authorization is required for your health plan, please contact our Pre-certification Department at 804-636-3404 as soon as possible and ask for Meraris Bortner. The procedure code for the test is 77080. If this test is not covered, payment will be due at the time of the appointment.
Patient Instructions for Preparing for a DEXA Scan
Considering our office for a DEXA scan in Richmond, VA? Here’s what you need to know ahead of the test:
- You should not have any x-ray contrast studies in the 7 days leading up to your bone density test
- You should not take any calcium supplements in the 3 days leading up to the test
- Wear clothes that do not have any type of buttons, rivets, or zippers on the day of the test
- If possible, wear a bra with no underwire